Winn's glove and bat key Mariners win

The mojo is alive and kickin at Safeco Field. Tuesday night the Mariners used late inning heroics from Bret Boone and Randy Winn to knock off the pesky Kansas City Royals. The win moves the Mariners 14 games above the .500 mark, their highwater mark this season.

Kansas City's Raul Ibanez made his former team pay with two rocket-like homeruns Tuesday night at Safeco Field, but it was the Mariners - who broke the game open with a four-run eighth inning - that had the last laugh, winning 7-4.

With the score tied at three and Royals' reliever D.J Carrasco already in the game, due up for the Mariners was the heart of the batting lineup. That meant trouble for the 26-year-old rookie right-hander.

Bret Boone, the first batter to come up in the inning, greeted Carrasco rudely with a double off the top of the wall in right-center field. Edgar Martinez then singled home Boone to give the M's a 4-3 lead. Willie Bloomquist pinch ran for Martinez, and two batters later Mike Cameron doubled home Bloomquist. Not to be outdone, Randy Winn, who made three excellent diving catches in left field during the game, belted his second homer of the season to score two more.

By that time, the damage was done and the M's held a 7-3 advantage heading into the ninth inning.

Arthur Rhodes allowed one run in the final inning on a RBI double by Desi Relaford, but closed the door for Jeff Nelson. The tall right-hander pitched a scoreless eight-inning of relief to earn the win, moving him to 3-0 on the season.

Ryan Franklin started for Seattle (29-15) and gave up three runs over six innings, but came away with a no decision.

Carrasco took the loss to drop to 3-2.

Darrell May, who started for the Royals in place of Runelvys Hernandez, went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs but didn't factor in the decision.

Kansas City fell to 24-19 on the season, but didn't go down without a fight.

Down 3-0 early, they fought back to tie the game at three behind Ibanez's two solo homers. From there, the Mariners kept the game even at three behind several great plays from the defense.

Winn and Ichiro each turned in plays worthy of being in the highlight reels for a long time down the road. Winn's best came in a sliding-back handed grab of a tailing ball hit by Relaford in the sixth. Ichiro's gem came with two outs in the eighth as he nailed Mike Sweeney at second after the first baseman lined a ball down the right field line.

Carlos Guillen and Dan Wilson had two hits apiece to lead Seattle.

Game Notes:

Spreading the wealth: Every Mariner in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit on the night.

Streak Continues: With his 1-for-5 performance Tuesday, Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 11 games.


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